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European-built service module arrives in U.S. for first Orion moon mission

The powerhouse that will help NASA’s Orion spacecraft venture beyond the Moon is stateside. The European-built service module that will propel, power and cool during Orion flight to the Moon on Exploration Mission-1 arrived from Germany at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 6 to begin final outfitting, integration and testing with the crew module and other Orion elements.

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China unveils stealth combat drone in development

A Chinese state-owned company says it is developing a stealth combat drone in the latest sign of the country's growing aerospace prowess. The CH-7 unmanned aerial vehicle also underscores China's growing competitiveness in the expanding global market for drones. China has won sales in the Middle East and elsewhere by offering drones at lower prices and without the political conditions attached by the U.S.

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Civ-Mil support group lauded for loyalty

Military bases in the Antelope Valley have tighter ties with the surrounding communities than their counterparts throughout California, or even across the nation, according to David “Jester” Smith, master of ceremonies at the Installation of Officers and Directors ceremonial dinner Nov. 2 night for the Civilian-Military Support Group at Edwards Air Force Base.

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Northrop Grumman set to launch Pegasus XL rocket carrying ICON satellite for NASA

Northrop Grumman announced it is prepared to launch the company’s air-launched Pegasus® XL rocket aboard its Stargazer L-1011 airplane from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Nov. 7, at approximately 3:05 a.m., EST.

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AV Wall display to honor local veterans

The City of Palmdale and Point Man Antelope Valley will host the Antelope Valley’s Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall from 5 p.m., Nov. 8 until 8 a.m., Nov. 13 at the Palmdale Amphitheater, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd., under the theme of “Welcome Home Antelope Valley Vietnam Veterans.”


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Defense

40 years of aviation service: The Black Hawk helicopter

Posted  October 31, 2018

The UH-60 Black Hawk has been the Army's front line utility helicopter for the past 40 years, and it shows no signs of letting up. Now in its fourth decade of service, the Black Hawk was developed as a result of the the Army's requirement in 1972 for a simple, robust and reliable utility helicopter system to satisfy projected air-mobile requirements around the globe.

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Business

Lockheed Martin’s missile defense laser concept continues toward development

Posted  October 31, 2018

The Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a nine month, $25.5 million contract extension to continue development of its Low Power Laser Demonstrator missile interceptor concept. This program, awarded Aug. 31, builds on a 2017 contract to develop an initial LPLD concept.  Lockheed Martin’s LPLD concept consists of a fiber laser system on a high-performing,…

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Space

920th RQW Airmen prepare for human spaceflight

Posted  October 31, 2018

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Kelly Goonan Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing revalidate their response time in the event of a catastrophic, life-threatening occurrence within the capsule of a human space flight launch, Oct. 25, 2018, at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. This exercise marked the first time that the Department of Defense, NASA…

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Business

U.S. Army pilots fly autonomous Sikorsky Helicopter in first-of-its-kind demo

Posted  October 31, 2018

U.S. Army pilots exercised supervised autonomy to direct an optionally-piloted helicopter through a series of missions to demonstrate technology developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The series of flights marked the first time that non-Sikorsky pilots operated the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft, a modified S-76B commercial helicopter, as an OPV aircraft.

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Defense

HH-60G Pave Hawk accident investigation released

Posted  October 31, 2018

Air Force photograph An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter struck a galvanized steel cable and subsequently impacted an uninhabited desert area near Al Qaim, Iraq, March 15, 2018, according to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report released Oct. 29. Four flight crew members and three pararescuemen were killed in the mishap. There were no…

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